Photo: Thomas D. Mangelsen

I think people would be interested to know that animals prefer organic. They have tested this at zoos, and I experimented in a sanctuary in Oregon. Unless the chimpanzees were really hungry and not paying any attention to what they were eating, they would very carefully sniff and taste both options, and then choose the organic one.

Once people have tried organic food, they know the difference in taste. If they are really honest with themselves, they realize that [conventional] strawberries taste of cotton wool; the same with tomatoes. The difference is so extreme.

Your number-one choice is to buy locally and support your organic family farmers.

If you are aware of the properties of the pesticides that are sprayed, if you know that high doses can harm animals, then doesn't it make sense to assume that the accumulation of these chemicals in the blood is going to harm us? I just don't want to eat them. And if by not eating them we are going to be healthier, then we will save huge amounts on medical bills.

It is like an investment.

Even if pesticide use is only harming the environment—and we know that it is—do we want an environment for our children that is sterile and devoid of singing birds and so forth? We don't.

But we don't put two and two together.

If you are choosing organics for personal health, great; if you're doing it for the environment, great; if you're doing it for both, greater.

—Dr. Jane Goodall,
founder of the Jane Goodall Institute, U.N. Messenger of Peace, and author of Harvest for Hope (Warner Wellness, 2006)